HC Deb 07 December 1922 vol 159 c1958
6. Mr. SNELL

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has received from the metropolitan borough of Woolwich a copy of a resolution passed at a recent meeting of the borough council protesting against the action of the Ministry of Pensions in reducing the amount of pensions of disabled ex-service men, especially in those cases where a one-hundred per cent, pension had been granted, and reduced solely on the ground that the person is, in the opinion of the medical board, fit for light work without definition, thereby causing them to apply to the Employment Exchange for benefit and light work in competition with physically fit unemployed workmen who have not been compelled to change their occupation; and whether he will do his best to provide for the maintenance of men whose helpless condition has been brought about by their services to the State.


I have seen the resolution referred to. I have already dealt with this matter in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Mr. J. Guest) on the 28th November. I may add that it is contrary to specific instructions for medical officers to certify men fit for light work, and I shall be glad to receive particulars of any cases in which the instructions on this point have been disregarded.